The problem for those people is that they actually have to sit through Being John Malkovich
. Save yourself the trouble. Do something hip but less painful, like getting a tattoo on your throat.
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
It is a critical component of the comedy snob mating call: "Yeah, I'm probably gonna go home, crack an Anchor Steam, open a pack of wasabi peas and watch
." Yes, Dr. Strangelove
is revered, probably as much for its profoundly anti-military bent as for its fine performances and famous Terry Southern script. What Strangelove
fans don't like admitting is that it is frequently very, very boring. There are scenes aboard the bomber that go on so long, they will have you wishing there had been Mutually Assured Destruction.
Like most snob comedies, it is also distressingly short on real laughs and long on those blow a little air through the nose and nod the head knowingly
laughs that aren't really all that fun.
Annie Hall (1977)
Back in the days when Woody Allen' daughter Soon-Yi was still his daughter and not his wife, he used to make urbane romantic comedies in which he wooed and won younger women who weren't his daughter. This is probably his best, but unfortunately, as you watch
, the creepy, incestuous modern day Woody becomes a kind of off screen character in the film, and this is not good. If I wanted to watch a movie featuring the creepy, incestuous modern day Woody, I'd rent The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
-and there' not a chance in hell I'm going to go and do anything that crazy.